AMA Victoria and the Personal Injury Education Foundation (PIEF) deliver courses in Impairment Assessment using the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 4th Edition and other prescribed methods, as applied to relevant Victorian legislation. Successful completion of a course enables AHPRA registered medical practitioners to assess impairments for TAC, WorkSafe and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury).
Courses provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the AMA Guides 4th Edition as a methodology for determining impairment of an individual with a permanent medical condition, a thorough knowledge of terminology and principles of impairment assessment evaluation as specified in the Guides and the ability to achieve consistency in interpretation and application of the Guides.
Note: Only AHPRA registered medical practitioners can assess impairments for TAC, WorkSafe and for the purposes of Part VBA of the Wrongs Act 1958 (personal injury).
The training involves completing The Core (Stream 1) module and at least one elective (Stream 1) module. Modules in Stream 1 are for medical practitioners who have not previously completed modules.
The Core module covers the legal aspects of impairment assessment and the requirements of the different legislation. Electives are chosen on the basis of the individual’s specialties and the types of impairment assessment required. For a full list of elective (Stream 1) modules click here.
Scenario: I am an orthopaedic surgeon, I am new to the course and I want to be able to assess impairment of the lower extremities. Which modules should I complete?
You should successfully complete the Core (Stream 1) and the Lower Extremity (Stream 1) modules.
Note: Modules are not considered successfully completed until your assessment is returned and marked satisfactory by the facilitator of the module.
For more information about course structure and requirements click here or visit the Structure page.
Update Core (Stream 2) module and specialty (Stream 2) modules are available for medical practitioners who have previously been accredited to update their knowledge of the legislation and changes to interpretation of the guides. View the full list of elective (Stream 2) modules.